Fellowship for trauma research

23 May 2011

Trauma research at UCT has received a boost, with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) granting a further five years of fellowship funding to the Phodiso training and research programme.

Phodiso - the Northern Sotho word for healing - is a collaboration between UCT and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US that recruits one candidate annually for a two-year post-doctoral scholarship.

The successful candidate will receive full-time salary support to attend UCLA for three months, conduct their own research in South Africa, and publish their work.

Phodiso's mission is to increase the number of well-trained South African trauma researchers, use research findings to build trauma and injury prevention and treatment programmes, and benefit South African communities. "I have learned a great deal by doing science in different parts of the globe, and my hope is that a good young researcher will use this opportunity to visit the US and grow," says Katherine Sorsdahl, project manager of UCT's Brain Behavioural Institute. There is so much interesting and important work that remains to be done in the area of trauma".

The deadline for applications is 1 June. For more information email Jilin@mednet.ucla.edu.

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